INNOVATIVE RESEARCH, INTEGRATIVE CARE.

The SCU Health research team helps advance integrative healthcare by conducting research in areas including healthcare policy, value-based healthcare, healthcare equity, and effectiveness of integrative healthcare.

OUR INSTITUTES
AND INITIATIVES.

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Clinical and Translational Genomics Research Institute

Primary Spine Care

Atlas of Integrative Health

Bone Mineral Density / Osteoporosis

Our Research Team

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Jim Whedon, D.C., M.S.

Director, Health Services Research

Serena Bezdjian, Ph.D.

Associate Research Director

Jennifer M. Noborikawa, DACM, L.Ac.

Research Assistant, College of Eastern Medicine

Sivarama Prasad Vinjamury, L.Ac., MAOM, MPH

Professor and Director of Capstone Research, College of Eastern Medicine

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil (Anu), BAMS, MAOM, L.Ac., CMT, C-IAYT, Ph.D.

Program Director, Ayurvedic Medicine

Jim Whedon, D.C., M.S.

Director, Health Services Research

Serena Bezdjian, Ph.D.

Associate Research Director

Jennifer M. Noborikawa, DACM, L.Ac.

Research Assistant, College of Eastern Medicine

Sivarama Prasad Vinjamury, L.Ac., MAOM, MPH

Professor and Director of Capstone Research, College of Eastern Medicine

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil (Anu), BAMS, MAOM, L.Ac., CMT, C-IAYT, Ph.D.

Program Director, Ayurvedic Medicine

SCU HEALTH
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS.

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  • Implementation of the Primary Spine Care Model in a Multi-Clinician Primary Care Setting: An Observational Cohort Study.

    SCU Health Researchers

    Jim Whedon, Toler A, Bezdjian S, Goehl J, Russell R, Kazal L, Nagare M.

    Overview

    The objective of this investigation was to compare the value of primary spine care (PSC) with usual care for the management of patients with spine-related disorders (SRDs) within a primary care setting. Among patients with SRDs included in this study, implementation of the PSC model within a conventional primary care setting was associated with a trend toward reduced total expenditures for spine care compared with usual primary care. Implementation of PSC may lead to reduced costs and resource utilization but may be no more effective than usual care regarding clinical outcomes.

    Access to the full study available here.

  • Trends in the use and cost of chiropractic spinal manipulation under Medicare Part B

    SCU Health Researcher

    Jim Whedon

    Overview

    Chiropractic claims account for less than 1/10th of 1% of overall Medicare expenditures. Allowed services, allowed charges, and fee-for-service payments for chiropractic spinal manipulation under Medicare Part B generally increased from 2002, peaked in 2005 and 2006, and then declined through 2008. Per-user spending for chiropractic spinal manipulation also declined by 18% from 2006 to 2008, in contrast to 10% growth in total spending per beneficiary and 16% growth in overall Medicare spending.

    Access to the full study available here.

  • Use of Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation in Older Adults Is Strongly Correlated With Supply

    SCU Health Researcher

    Jim Whedon

    Overview

    To examine the relationship between regional chiropractic supply and both use and utilization intensity of chiropractic services among Medicare beneficiaries.

    Access to the full study available here.

  • Relevance of Quality Measurement to Integrative Healthcare in the United States

    SCU Health Researcher

    Jim Whedon

    Overview

    With the advent of new models for payment and delivery of healthcare services, the use of quality measures for continual improvement of clinical healthcare is now an integral feature of medical practice in the United States. However, quality measurement and quality improvement activities are not common practice among integrative health providers. This article discusses the import and application of quality measurement to the practice of integrative healthcare. It reviews developments in the healthcare quality improvement movement, explores the relevance of quality measures to integrative healthcare, describes examples of the current use of quality measures in integrative health practice, discusses discriminatory policies that may prevent participation in quality improvement by integrative health practitioners, and makes recommendations for practice and policy.

    Access to the full study available here.

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